An audio documentary from 1979 that first aired on WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio, about advocacy efforts in Ohio and elsewhere in the rust belt to gain passage of state laws to cushion the impacts on workers, their families and communities caused when major employers move their operations south or abroad in search of cheaper production costs. Topics: plant closing, Governor Rhodes, Ohio Public Interest Campaign
REP. DONNA EDWARDS ON CORPORATE FREE SPEECH, HEALTH CARE, WALL STREET, OIL SPILLS, IMMIGRATION, AFGHANISTAN AND OBAMA Completing her first full term in Congress, Maryland Democrat Donna Edwards has earned a national reputation and following as someone who does her homework and speaks her mind. She rejoins us to chat about, among other topics, her constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Courtâs recent ruling in Citizens United that corporations enjoy the First Amendment right to... Topics: politics, health care, oil spill, drilling, Afghanistan, immigration, juvenile justice, Vietnam,...
This month in THE COFFEE HOUSE: BP GLOBAL MOVES A US SOLAR PANEL PLANT TO ASIA: ARE WE READY TO COMPETE IN THE EMERGING GREEN ECONOMY? Even as the Obama administration has launched a substantial green energy program as part of the stimulus plan, BP Global recently announced plans to shut down its solar panel manufacturing facility near Frederick, Maryland and move the operation to China and India. Which raises the question, is the US ready to compete for a significant share of the growing... Topics: Arts, human rights, footbal, Steelers: Pittsbrgh: Rooney, solar, China, green jobs, poetry,...
WELCOME TO THE COFFEE HOUSE WHERE, IN THE NEXT HOURâ¦ MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE FAILINGâ¦ UNIONS ARE FINGERED FOR CODDLING BAD TEACHERSâ¦ RANDI WEINGARTEN, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, HAS A PLANâ¦ THE DRUG WAR IS NO LONGER HEADLINESâ¦ BUT OVERFLOWING PRISONS TESTIFY THEREâS BEEN NO CEASE FIREâ¦ WHAT TO DO? WE CHAT WITH NKECHI TAIFA OF THE OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE â¦ A CLIMATE BILL WAS TOUGH GOING IN THE SENATE BEFORE THE GOP VICTORY IN MASSACHUSETTSâ¦ NOW WHAT... Topics: school reform, teachers, unions, crack, cocaine, disparity, climate, "cap and trade",...
This month in The Coffee House: GETTING BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT With joblessness hovering around 10 percent, large numbers of people are trying to get by on unemployment insurance, but many other qualify who donât apply. For tips on navigating the UI system, we turn to Courtney Chappell of the DC Employment Justice Center. (Host: Fred Feinstein) THE CASE AGAINST ARTIFICIAL TURF SOCCER FIELDS As the youth soccer booms spreads across the country, grass fields that were once... Topics: unemployment, insurance, artificial turf, Hip-Hop, dance, poetry, roots music
This month in The Coffee House: With unemployment hovering at ten ten percent, more and more people are relying on unemployment insurance to help make ends meet. But it is a very complicated system. Courtney Chappell of the DC Employment Justice Center offers some tips. (Host: Fred Feinstein) Youth soccer has exploded in America and that explosion has put the quality of fields to a major test. Many gress fields have suffered from overuse. But is artificial turf the answer? Neurobiologist... Topics: jobs, unemployment artificial turf, dance, Hip Hop, roots music, poetry
This month in The Coffee House: CIVIL RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION Tom Perez, the newly confirmed Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, inherits a Division that was highly politicized under the Bush Administration. The antidote, says Perez, is to really listen to the career prosecutors in the Division and to enforce all laws, not just the ones that a particular administration favors ideologically. The focuses of the Division under his leadership will the 2010 Census,... Topics: justice, Chesapeake Bay, poetry, juveniles, music
This month on The Coffee House: A POWERFUL NEW FORCE FOR CHANGE IN CONGRESS Elected to Congress in 2008, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) has quickly emerged as a national voice for progressive health care reform and for a closer look at our goals and exit strategy in Afghanistan. A member of the Science and Technology Committee, Rep. Edwards discusses the efficacy of carbon sequestration as a solution for climate change. The conversation touches on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, compensation for... Topics: legislation, health care, Afghanistan, gardening, nuclear power, climate change, poetr, music
HEALTH CARE REFORM: YES WE CAN? Barack Obama took office with plenty of political capital and good will to achieve far-reaching health care reform. But he spent heavily on the financial bail-out and stimulus plan. Special interests, with the help of Republicans and grassroots right-wing activists, saw blood in the water. With Democrats split between House versus Senate, Progressives versus Blue Dogs, can health care reform be saved? And what would constitute victory? Merrill Goozner, author and... Topics: health care, utilities, film, labor, poetry, art, recesssion, rockabilly
This month on THE COFFEE HOUSE: EINSTEIN 3: THE RETURN OF BIG BROTHER It's called "Einstein 3" but critics contend it should be called "Orwell 2" instead. It is a pilot program, soon to be rolled out, intended to secure government computer networks against intrusion and hacking. But unlike its predecessors Einstein 1 & 2, that scanned for malicious code by studying network traffic patterns, Jesselyn Radack, Homeland Security director at the Government Accountability... Topics: surveillance, secrecy, justice, prosecution, Blues, tuition, poetry
WELCOME TO THE COFFEE HOUSE WHERE IN THE NEXT HOURâ¦ WHY THE CONTROVERSY OVER PRESIDENT OBAMAâS MODERATE NOMINEE FOR THE SUPREME COURT? WE CHAT WITH LAW PROFESSOR AND BLOGGER DARREN HUTCHINSONâ¦ THE PRESIDENT HAS STEPPED IN TO REVIVE THE NATIONâS LARGEST ESTUARY, THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. BUT WILL IT MATTER? WE TALK WITH FRED TUTMAN, PATUXENT RIVERKEEPERâ¦ ALSOâ¦ THE STORY OF A PARCEL OF LAND IN GEORGIAâ¦ AS TOLD BY CHOREOGRAPER AND PERFORMER CASSIE MEADORâ¦ WEâVE GOT A GRANT MCLEMAN... Topics: Sotomayor, Chesapeake Bay, dance, poetry, music, photography
WELCOME TO THE COFFEE HOUSE WHERE IN THE NEXT HOURâ¦ WHY THE CONTROVERSY OVER PRESIDENT OBAMAâS MODERATE NOMINEE FOR THE SUPREME COURT? WE CHAT WITH LAW PROFESSOR AND BLOGGER DARREN HUTCHINSONâ¦ THE PRESIDENT HAS STEPPED IN TO REVIVE THE NATIONâS LARGEST ESTUARY, THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. BUT WILL IT MATTER? WE TALK WITH FRED TUTMAN, PATUXENT RIVERKEEPERâ¦ ALSOâ¦ THE STORY OF A PARCEL OF LAND IN GEORGIAâ¦ AS TOLD BY CHOREOGRAPER AND PERFORMER CASSIE MEADORâ¦ WEâVE GOT A GRANT MCLEMAN... Topics: justice, Chesapeake Bay, choreography, dance, poetry, photography, music
Torture and Prosecutorial Discretion As former President George W. Bush once noted, torture is illegal. Thatâs true under both international and US law. So those who order or engage in torture are, objectively speaking, criminals. The International Committee of the Red Cross found that the Bush administration tortured terrorism detainees to wring information out of them. President Obama ordered a halt to these practices. But will the US government hold the Bush administration accountable? If... Topics: torture, labor law, politics, Maryland, Blues, poetry, photography
WELCOME TO THE COFFEE HOUSE WHERE, IN THE NEXT HOURâ¦ TORTURE IS AGAINST THE LAWâ¦ IF ONE ADMINISTRATIONâS OFFICIALS NEVERTHELESS AUTHORIZE THE USE OF TORTUREâ¦ SHOULD THEY BE PROSECUTED THEIR SUCCESSORS ? WE ASK CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERT PROF. STEPHEN VLADECKâ¦ PRIVATE SECTOR UNION MEMBERSHIP IN THE US HAS DIPPED BELOW 10% OF THE WORKFORCEâ¦ EMPLOYERS SAY THATâS BECAUSE WORKERS REJECT UNIONS. UNIONS COUNTER THAT ITâS BECAUSE LABOR LAW IS BROKENâ¦ AND THE... Topics: torture, prosecution, maryland, legislature, EFCA, unions, blues, poetry, photography
On this episode of THE COFFEE HOUSE: President Obama calls the Israeli-Palestinian relationship "unsustainable". But in light of the factionalism in the Palestinian camp and the election of a right-wing government in Israel, will Obama try -- and succeed in -- pressing the two sides to at last implement a two-state solutionWe speak with Nadia Hijab, senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies. Zionism was largely a cultural movement, not one dedicated to a separate... Topics: Israel, Palestine: Obama, Nazi, complicity, poetry, music, photography
Run-Down of Episode #139 (April 2009): PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLS THE PRESENT RELATIONSHIP UNSUSTAINABLEâ¦ WITH PALESTINIANS DIVIDED AND ISRAELIS ELECTING A RIGHT-WING GOVERNMENT, WE ASK NADIA HAJIB OF THE INSTITUTE FOR PALESTINE STUDIES, CAN WE GET TO A SUSTAINABLE MIDDLE EAST? SON OF SURVIVORS, EDWIN BLACK CONTINUES HIS SERIES OF INVESTIGATIVE BOOKS ON HOW THE HOLOCAUST COULD HAVE HAPPENED â IN NAZI NEXUS, HE SUMS UP THAT HITLERâS RACIAL IDEOLOGY AND KEY TECHNOLOGY WERE STAMPED âMADE IN THE... Topics: Middle East, Obama, Holocaust, corporate complicity, homeless, photography, poetry, a cappella
This month on THE COFFEE HOUSE: SPYING ON NONVIOLENT PROTESTERS â¦NOT JUST A THING OF THE PAST. WE TALK WITH DAVID ROCAH, STAFF ATTORNEY FOR THE ACLU OF MARYLAND ABOUT THE US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE MARYLAND STATE POLICEâ¦ SHOULD LOCAL POLICE REPORT ARRESTED IMMIGRANTS TO FEDERAL AUTHORITIES FOR POSSIBLE DEPORTATION? ITâS A GROWING TREND THAT CONCERNS MICHELLE MENDEZ OF THE IMMIGRANT RIGHTS GROUP, CASA OF MARYLANDâ¦ YOU â TAXPAYER â HAVE INVESTED HEAVILY IN THE RECOVERY... Topics: protest, dissent, surveillance, immigration, deportaton, foreclosres, REOs, banks, art, music,...
What happens when banks send a foreclosure notice, the owners vacate, but rather than foreclose, the bank instead sits on the property? Sometimes it hastens the destruction of neighborhoods, explains Mary Kane, economics reporter for the Washington Independent. Topics: real estate, REO, foreclosure, banks, mortgage
Michelle Mendez, staff attorney with the immigrant rights group CASA of Maryland, discusses the recent raids by ICE searching for undocumented workers and the increasing cooperation of local governments with federal immigration enforcement. Topics: immigration, enforcement
David Rocah, staff attorney for the ACLU of Maryland, discusses the controversy over spying on non-violent protesters by the Maryland State Police and the US Department of Homeland Security, and the debate over legislative proposals meant to ensure that such unfounded surveillance isn't repeated. Topics: protest, dissent, surveillance
Here's what's on the March 2009 episode of THE COFFEE HOUSE: SPYING ON NONVIOLENT PROTESTERS â¦NOT JUST A THING OF THE PAST. WE TALK WITH DAVID ROCAH, STAFF ATTORNEY FOR THE ACLU OF MARYLAND ABOUT THE US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE MARYLAND STATE POLICEâ¦ SHOULD LOCAL POLICE REPORT ARRESTED IMMIGRANTS TO FEDERAL AUTHORITIES FOR POSSIBLE DEPORTATION? ITâS A GROWING TREND THAT CONCERNS MICHELLE MENDEZ OF THE IMMIGRANT RIGHTS GROUP, CASA OF MARYLANDâ¦ YOU â TAXPAYER â HAVE... Topics: surveillance, civil liberties, immigrants, raids, foreclosures, REOs, poetry, art, music
A billboard for episode 137: The global recession and how to respond with Dr. Robert Scott of the Economic Policy Institute: The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act impact with Sharyn Tejani of the National Partnership for Women and Families; can coal be made to burn cleanly with Kare Rooth of Greenpeace USA; a Sam Kittner photo essay on the inauguration of President Barack Obama; poetry by Kwame Alexaner and music by ilyAIMY. Topics: recession, economy, equal pay, discrimination, coal, climate, inauguration, poetry, music
THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES REPORT ON BUSH TORTURE PRACTICES & POLICIES It began with a presidential determination that the U.S. need not observe Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention regarding abuse of al Queda and Taliban detainees, and it quickly morphed into an interrogation methodology mirroring that employed by Chinese Communists against American soldiers in Korea. But it was neither humane nor effective, argues Devon Chaffee of Human Rights First. Barak Obama has stated that when... Topics: torture, human rights, Bush, Rumsfeld, Obama
REFORMING THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: WHAT IS TO BE DONE? The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, which issues legal opinions to the Executive Branch, provided the Bush Administration with the legal rationale for its torture practices and, perhaps, a legal safe harbor from prosecution. In its firing of nine U.S. attorneys, critics charge that the Bush Justice Department elevated political loyalty over professionalism. Dan Marcus, associate attorney general under President Clinton... Topics: Justice, torture, U.S. attorneys
A Blue Green Alliance aims to turn the stimulus package into a green jobs boom. This will be explored at a February 2009 conference in Washington, DC, "Good Jobs, Green Jobs." Among the conference organizers if Roxanne Brown of the Steelworkers Union. Topics: labor, jobs, green, climate
Opening billboard for The Coffee House #136, featuring Devon Chaffee of Human Rights First about the "Torture Report"; 9/11 Commission and former associate attorney general Dan Marcus on needed changes at the US Justice Department; Steelworkers union's Roxanne Brown on the upcoming "Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference" in Washington, DC; poet Greta Ehrig; a book review by Reuben Jackson; and music by Curtis Blues, the one-man blues band. Topics: torture, justice, Bush, Obama, stimulus, poetry, music
Former US Attorney General Benjamin Civilietti, chair of Maryland Commission studying capital punishment in the state, describes the findings of his Commission that there are substantial racial and geographic disparities in the application of the death penalty,and that it is a costly and ineffective deterrent to homicide. Topics: death penalty, capital punishment, Maryland
On the December 2008 episode of THE COFFEE HOUSE: McClatchy's David Lightman on the financial plan to rescue the auto industry. Stewart Schwartz of the Coalition for Smarter Growth on whether the stimulus package will save faltering highway construction plans. Benjamin Civiletti, chair of the Maryland Commission studying the death penalty presents his Commission's recommendations. A preview of artist Anna Huong's "Peace Mural". visit to the dance ballroom at historic Glen Echo Park in... Topics: economy, rescue, bail-out, stimulus, highway construction, capital punishment, death penalty,...
"Joe the Plumber" represented blue-collar America in John McCain's and the media's depiction of the 2008 electorate. But Mike Podhorzer, deputy political director of the AFL-CIO has crunched the numbers and, it seems, the unionized working class voted overwhelmingly for Obama-Biden. We'll hear organized labor's made the case for the Democratic ticket. (Host: Fred Feinstein) Topics: labor, politics, 2008 elections, Obama
The groundwork for the Obama znd Democratic victory was being sown for years by progressives who bucked the conservative tide. Robert Borosage of the Campaign for America's Future helped shape a political agenda that may be realized in a new progressive era. He talks about the significance of Obama, the changing electorate, prospects for fundamental change, and the role of advocates in backing the Obama administration when it is in the right and pressuring it when it is not. (Host: Mark Cohen) Topics: politics, Obama, electoratel progressives